Apprenticeships are work based learning programmes which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. You’ll typically attend college one day per week; spending the remaining time learning on the job.

There is no upper age limit, apprentices are available to everyone.

Apprenticeships include the following basic elements:

  • A Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) competency based qualification National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)
  • Functional Skills, such as communication and ICT where relevant
  • A Technical Certificate (which underpins your QCF qualification with the knowledge you will need to do the job


There are many benefits that apprenticeships bring to individuals and employers.

Individuals can earn while they learn and learn in a way that is best suited to them through hands on, on the job experience, in addition to gaining initial and transferable skills.

For employers, an Apprentice is one of the most cost effective ways to develop their business, improve productivity and enhance staff retention.

As an apprentice at Halton Borough Council you will receive a salary, pension scheme (optional), paid holidays and opportunities to progress your career.

Halton Council has a long history of supporting learning & development initiatives within the community, particularly for young people leaving education.
We recognise that a well-trained and qualified workforce underpins the Borough`s prospects and helps to ensure the continued success of local industry and business.

We will also provide full support in order to help people reach their full potential.

Applying for an Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships available at Halton Borough Council are advertised via the main vacancy page

To be considered for an apprenticeship you will need:

  • To have lived in the UK for the past 3 years
  • To be working towards the right level of English, Maths and ICT
  • To be willing to learn and apply learning at your workplace
  • To be self-motivated
  • To possess good communication skills
  • To be able to work as part of a team
  • To be committed to equality and diversity in the workplace

“I joined Halton in 2007 as a Landscape Apprentice shortly after completing A-Levels. I was looking for an alternative to university and wanted to pursue a career outdoors because my hobbies and interests had always revolved around it. Since my apprenticeship I have worked in a few different roles within HBC Open Space Services, and it is testament to the training opportunities afforded to me by the Council that I am able to take up this new position.

Throughout the 13 years I have worked within the Authority I have always endeavoured to play my part in providing an attractive landscape for residents and visitors to enjoy while contributing to the Council’s Vision of providing a high quality, modern urban environment and attractive neighbourhoods.”

Halton Borough Council’s Executive Board Member for the Physical Environment, Cllr Ron Hignett, said: “It just goes to show what a resource to the borough apprentices can be. Paul has worked his way up and shown what can be achieved through hard work and talent.”

Paul Boardman

Parks Manager, Halton Borough Council